16 October 2020 was no ordinary World Food Day. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food environments and systems; and the continuing economic fall-out is plummeting millions more people into food insecurity. Since hard lockdown in March this year, there has been a concerted mobilisation in South Africa to help improve access to sufficient food resources across the country. However, many South Africans remain precariously on the brink of hunger, and many children are at risk of malnutrition. In response to this heart-breaking socioeconomic situation, South African born skincare brand Environ has announced a six-month campaign to boost the daily nutrition of vulnerable pre-schoolers.
Joining hands with stockists, beauty therapists and consumers, the #EnvironCares campaign has pledged R500 000 to support a vital children’s nutrition programme in the GROW Educare Centres. The donation has been linked to the sales of the Environ Original range and the public can also donate to the programme online, on the *GivenGain platform.
The campaign will enable GROW Educare Centres situated in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban communities to provide a power porridge meal to 1 800 children, for 5 days a week over the six month campaign period; resulting in a total of 238 000 meals. Packed with ideal, scientifically researched combination of essential nutrients, the power porridge offers much needed wholesome sustenance to support healthy childhood development.
Val Carstens, Environ Skin Care Group Chairman, CEO and Director says, “The #EnvironCares campaign has partnered with GROW Educare Centres because they have an effective child nutrition programme infrastructure already in place which ensures that the donation reaches the children who are at risk of mal-nutrition. We’re concerned at the current hunger-situation in South Africa and Environ wants to support to make a difference.”
*GivenGain donation link:
Environ is a globally recognised and loved professional skin care brand that is built on science, beauty and care. Since 1990, Environ has used the science of beauty to change the way the world sees skin care.
The introduction of vitamin A to skincare formulations was a ground-breaking development, first successfully included in cosmetic products by top plastic surgeon, skincare pioneer and Environ founder Dr Des Fernandes. His sister, Val Carstens Environ’s Group Chairman, CEO and Director has built the brand from a dream to a global success. Today the brand has over 140 products in more than 70 countries.
Environ has received over 100 international awards which have recognised the brand for its outstanding products, most recently being twice awarded the Best Medical Skin Care in USA. Environ is favoured by international skin care therapists, the medical fraternity, beauty editors, aestheticians and film stars.
GROW Educare Centres is a non-profit social enterprise that uses the principles of franchising to establish excellent, high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in developing communities that are also financially sustainable businesses.
GROW is a social enterprise setting a new standard for Early Learning in developing countries that unlocks Human Potential. Visit www.growecd.co.za for more information
FIGHT HIDDEN HUNGER
Malnutrition (“hidden hunger”) can easily affect children from low income households where foods with high volume or density are prioritised above foods with excellent nutrients.
Hidden Hunger affects the national health, social welfare and economic welfare of countries. It can be expressed, not necessarily through a hungry, empty belly, but a compromised immune system, a lack of focus and concentration and even depression.
The porridge is affordable, tasty, nutrient-dense and scientifically formulated
The porridge is also kid-approved and comes in various flavours they enjoy.
It contains 24 micronutrients and 4 macronutrients
BENEFITS OF FORTIFIED PORRIDGE AT PRESCHOOLS
- physical and brain growth & development
- improved concentration and learning capacity
- higher energy and immunity
- higher levels of school attendance
CALL TO ACTION
- Purchase any Environ Original Range and a contribution will be made on your behalf.
- Make a donation online on our Give n Gain page: It’s only R2 per meal! R600 can feed a child for a year.
Connect with GROW Educare Centres on social media or visit our website to get more info.